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Ambleside has a fantastic flexible learning space based in the Barn Library with additional study space in the nearby Charlotte Mason Building. The Barn Library provides learning spaces, social and flexible areas, and learning resources/library services, with particular emphasis on outdoor studies, forestry, conservation, business and leadership and paramedic practice. There is also an integrated Reception for the campus, a café offering hot and cold snacks, IT access, networked and wireless internet connection, laptop loans, and a range of spaces available for study, meeting and research.

 Returning Books



If you have library books out they will auto renew until the end of your course unless they are requested by someone else. We will send you an email letting you know which book needs to be returned so please check your student email regularly.

If you need any information or have any questions please visit the Student Enquiry Point.

If you are studying in the evening or at the weekend and have a query please use the Ask a Librarian Service.

See Studying from home for more details, support and guidance.


10 January - 10 April 2022

Monday - Friday

8.30am - 5.00pm

5.00pm - 6.00am swipe access

Saturday and Sunday swipe access 9.00am - 6.00am


Bookable study spaces in the CMB available during the week - please book here

The University Support Services in the Barn act as an information point for the University campus. Staff at reception are ready to welcome you and to answer your queries.

We are able to give further guidance on a wide range of other services including course information; disability and specific learning difficulties support; careers; counselling; money advice as well as academic skills, library issues and help accessing IT facilities, journals and catalogues.

Explore Ambleside Library

Any questions please contact us:

University Support Services

Tel: 015394 30274 (internal 5274)

Ambleside Campus

Map of Ambleside campus

The Ambleside campus is situated on a steep incline. If you have a disability or mobility concern, please contact Reception ahead of your visit for more information and assistance to maximise your experience. Local taxi firms are available with contact details on the internet or can be supplied if required.
Telephone 015394 30274 

The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability is part of the University of Cumbria Business School based in the Charlotte Mason Building with post-graduate, research and events programmes. We are also the home of the Mountain Heritage Trust archive.

Study spaces

The open access ICT communal space and further study space on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building is available to students Monday - Friday from 8.30am-5pm, with swipe card access from 5pm - 4am daily. The two study spaces on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building are available to book online.

Key contacts: 

Gateway Managers: Marie Wright and Glenys Taylor
The Barn
University of Cumbria
Rydal Road
Cumbria LA22 9BB
Tel: 015394 30274 (internal 5274)

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